5 facts about cannabis laws in Germany

Cannabis is illegal in Germany, but there are exceptions to the rule
Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Saturday, March 10, 2018

germany thresholdsGermany's drug laws have evolved over the past 30 years, with punishments becoming more severe, and, paradoxically, the definition of "drug offender" becoming more pliable. The private consumption of cannabis, for example, is commonly known to be relatively relaxed. A police officer stops someone on the street for smoking a joint, and — as many people during lazy summer months can confirm — it will probably be taken away without further repercussions. However, the law clearly prohibits cannabis with few exceptions. So what does it say? Here’s a look at the status of cannabis in German law and politics in five key points.